The Guide to Kansas Court Records

Overview of Kansas Courts

The Kansas trial court system consists of District Courts, County Courts, and Municipal Courts.
 
District Courts have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, but typically only handle cases beyond the jurisdiction of other courts. Some cities in Kansas also have Municipal Courts, with limited jurisdiction over city ordinance violations.

Please select a Kansas county below to view directory of all courts with links to court record resources for each court.
Find Kansas court pages by Town or Zip Code.
Select a court record or online resource category below to view all resources at both the statewide and county level.
Go to the court records pages for another state.
Kansas District Courts
District Courts generally handle all civil and criminal cases, unless another court exercises jurisdiction over the case.

District Courts may have specialized court divisions based on case type, including Civil, Criminal, Domestic Relations, Probate, Juvenile, and Limited Actions. Limited Actions may include Small Claims and Traffic cases. Other divisions may exist, including Drug Court or Youth Court, which are special programs that focus on rehabilitation in response to certain types of crimes.

There may be District Judges and District Magistrate Judges in a District Court. District Magistrate judges have limited jurisdiction to preside over certain types of cases.
Kansas County Courts
Sedgwick County Court handles enforcement of county codes and resolutions inlcuding nuisance citations, traffic infractions, parking violations, and misdemeanors committed in unincorporated areas of the county. It also handles violations by parents who fail to pick up their children from the Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center, and illegal dumping and trespassing in the "Big Ditch" area.

At this time, only Sedgwick County has a County Court.
Kansas Municipal Courts
Municipal Courts have limited jurisdiction to hear cases involving violations of city ordinances, such as traffic offenses or minor criminal offenses. Municipal Courts do not offer jury trials.

Where to find court cases in Kansas
The chart below gives general information on the types of cases heard in each type of court in Kansas.
 
Most Cases = Most or all cases.     Some Cases = Some cases.

Case Type Court Type
Civil District Courts County Courts Municipal Courts
General Civil - Unlimited
Most or all General Civil - Unlimited cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
General Civil - Limited
Most or all General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Small Claims
Most or all Small Claims cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Civil Equity
Most or all Civil Equity cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Complex Commercial
Most or all Complex Commercial cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Foreclosures and Liens
Most or all Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Real Estate Title and Boundary
Most or all Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Landlord / Tenant
Most or all Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Ordinance Violations
Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the County Courts
Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders
Most or all Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Administrative Agency Appeals
Most or all Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Criminal District Courts County Courts Municipal Courts
Felony
Most or all Felony cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Felony Preliminary Hearings
Most or all Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Misdemeanors
Most or all Misdemeanors cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Ordinance Violations
Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the County Courts
Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Juvenile
Most or all Juvenile cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Traffic and Infractions
Some Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the County Courts
Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Domestic Relations District Courts County Courts Municipal Courts
Divorce
Most or all Divorce cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Child Custody and Visitation
Most or all Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Child Support
Most or all Child Support cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Paternity
Most or all Paternity cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Domestic Violence Protection Order
Most or all Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Juvenile District Courts County Courts Municipal Courts
Adoptions
Most or all Adoptions cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Juvenile Delinquency
Most or all Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Child Abuse and Neglect
Most or all Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Termination of Parental Rights
Most or all Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Children in Need of Supervision
Most or all Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Mental Health District Courts County Courts Municipal Courts
Involuntary Commitments
Most or all Involuntary Commitments cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Other Mental Health Cases
Most or all Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Probate District Courts County Courts Municipal Courts
Wills & Estates
Most or all Wills & Estates cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Name Changes
Most or all Name Changes cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Trusts
Most or all Trusts cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Most or all Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 

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